Resilience Workforce Receiving Greater Recognition and Protections

February 9, 2022

Besieged with an ongoing series of natural disasters, New Orleans has always been a place where low-paying jobs were available for often undocumented men and women who were desperate for employment. These workers – who helped rebuild after Hurricane Katrina and other storms and are currently providing  outreach services during COVID-19 – are now known […]

Mayor Cantrell Announces $750,000 in Financial Relief for Immigrant Communities

June 24, 2020

On Tuesday, June 23, Mayor Cantrell announced a new initiative called the Immigrant Community Assistance Program for local immigrant workers.  According to a press release by Forward Together New Orleans – a nonprofit organization formed as Mayor Cantrell’s transition team – as many as 500 immigrant families will receive $1,000 payments.  Forward Together noted that […]

Retired General Russel Honoré Addresses Federal COVID-19 Response, Upcoming Hurricane Season

June 1, 2020

Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré is an expert on federal disaster response. As the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, he was responsible for leading and coordinating the military relief efforts across New Orleans and the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. In May, he was asked to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee on the federal response to COVID-19, and what could have been done better. Shortly afterward, he spoke with Big Easy Magazine to share some of his thoughts on that subject, as well as the upcoming hurricane season. 

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Dies at 76

August 18, 2019

Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco died on Sunday at the age of 76 following a long battle with ocular melanoma. In 2003, Blanco was the first woman to be elected governor of Louisiana. However, Hurricane Katrina struck only 20 months into her tenure as governor, killing more than 1500 people in New Orleans, damaging […]

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